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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

fibre, fiber

Canadians favour the ending re for fibre and compound words such as fibreglass, while Americans prefer the spellings fiber and fiberglass.

  • The fibre of the hemp plant is used to make durable clothing.
  • Fibreglass consists of fine filaments of glass.